How to get cheap train tickets

If you’re looking for cheap train tickets, you’ve come to the right place. Find out how to get cheap train tickets below and save money on rail travel across Britain.

Book early - train tickets in advance

Book early and get the best deals. With GWR you can book some journeys up to three months in advance and others up to six months in advance helping you to enjoy money-saving discounts.

Buy a Railcard

Get a 1/3 off rail travel on selected routes with a Railcard. Enjoy cheap rail tickets for a year or more and explore far and wide for less.

Railcard examples include: 16-25 Railcard, Senior Railcard, Two Together Railcard, Family and Friends Railcard and more.

Buy a season ticket

Make big savings with a season ticket and avoid the daily ticket office queues. Pick the season ticket that’s right for you and even upgrade to First Class travel.

This option is ideal for regular travellers and those who use the same route multiple times a week.

Travel in a group

Save money when travelling in a group with GroupSave. Get 1/3 off tickets when between 3 and 9 people travel together. Business groups of 10 can also travel for the price of 9 on selected routes.

Enjoy weekend upgrades

With Weekend First, you can upgrade your seats on weekends and public holidays from as little as £7.50. Benefit from the extra comfort of First Class and enjoy complimentary refreshments.

Save money with Nectar Points

Collect 2 Nectar points for every £1 you spend on train tickets online or on our app for any journey across Britain – not just on our network. Buy annual, monthly and weekly season tickets online and you’ll get Nectar points too, which soon add up if you’re a regular traveller.

Buy Ranger and Rovers tickets

Enjoy unlimited off-peak travel for a day – or even longer – with Ranger and Rover tickets.  These tickets allow you to hop on and off a train whenever and wherever suits you best so you can explore at your leisure. Tickets vary depending on location but offer maximum flexibility where possible.

As you can see, train travel doesn’t have to cost a lot. In fact, it can be cheap so long as you choose the right option for you.